Dr Louise Rickard

  • I work as a lecturer in Educational Development and teach on the Explore programme at Oxford Brookes Centre for Academic Enhancement and Development. 

    Originally a theoretical evolutionary ecologist by training, most of my work and teaching has been in STEM and specifically Environmental policy and Sustainability for Business. In my professional career outside academia I always worked at the edge of what was possible in technology and have taken a bridging role, shaping and leading projects by ensuring communication between the technical programmers and the academics/politicians/ scientists/ economists and lay public. I have worked especially on indicators and integrated assessment for decision making. 

    I bring that bridging role also to education settings - linking what is possible technically to what is needed pedagogically and practically- and where there are gaps attempting to find solutions for them.

    I am a polyglot - born abroad as a trilingual third country kid. I spent much of my working life working for the EU (mother tongue plus two) working languages - so I am passionate in every way about inclusion and am acutely aware of the specific struggles that international staff and students face, as well as the issues faced by women in STEM.

    I trained formally in teaching (PGCE and MEd (Cambs), FHEA (Brookes) and SFHEA (Imperial)) and have worked in different HE institutions in the UK and abroad (including Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial); in mainstream schools, and in outdoor education centres.

    I specialize in dialogic and experiential teaching, digital technology, STEM, coaching and facilitation.

    I am excited to be working in HE, in Brookes and in OCAED today, and recognize this time as being pivotal in shaping HE going forward.


    • 2022 Queen’s Platinum Jubilee medal for services to Lowland Rescue
    • 2021 Imperial College Special Award for substantial and exceptional achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • 2019 Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority
    • 2019 Queen’s Award for Lowland Rescue
    • 2017 Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority

    Some main publications:

  • Jon Hall & Louise Rickard, 2013, People, Progress and Participation: How Initiatives Measuring Social Progress Yield Benefits Beyond Better Metrics. Global Choices 1. Bertelsmann Foundation, Guterslöh. 85pp.

    Timpe, Christof & Bürger, Veit & Boardman, Brenda & Rickard, Louise & Ürge-Vorsatz, Diana & Ritter, Herbert & Lipp, Judith & Green, John & Johnson, Francis. (2002). Electricity Disclosure in Europe.

    Stanners, D., Bosch, P., Dom, A., Gabrielsen, P., Gee, D., Martin J., Rickard, L., Weber, J-L. (2007) Frameworks for environmental assessment and indicators at the EEA. In: Sustainability Indicators, a scientific assessment, (Eds. Hak, T., Moldan, B., Dahl, A)., SCOPE (Scientific Committee on the Problems of the Environment) nr. 67, Island Press, Washington. 127-146.

    Rickard L., Jesinhaus, J., Amann C., Glaser, G., Hall S., Cheatle, M., Ayong le Karma, A., Lippert, E., McGlade, J., Ruffing, K., Zaccai, E., Ensuring policy relevance. In: Sustainability indicators, a scientific assessment, (Eds. Hak, T., Moldan, B., Dahl, A.), SCOPE (Scientific Committee on the Problems of the Environment) nr. 67, Island Press, Washington. 65-82.

    Stanners, D., Dom, A., Gee, D., Martin J., Ribeiro, T., Rickard, L., Weber, J-L. (2007) Frameworks for policy integration indicators, for sustainable development, and for evaluating complex scientific evidence. In: Sustainability indicators, a scientific assessment, (Eds. Hak, T., Moldan, B., Dahl, A., SCOPE (Scientific Committee on the Problems of the Environment) nr. 67, Island press, Washington. 145-162.

    European Environment Agency Annual Indicator Reports “Signals” 2000-2008

    European Environment Agency State of the European Environment Reports 2000 and 2005

    Timpe, Christof & Boardman, Brenda & Rickard, Louise & Lipp, Judith & Green, John & Radigues, Barbara & Gerger Swartling, Asa. (2022). Electricity Disclosure in Europe A policy paper prepared as part of the ALTENER project "Consumer Choice and Carbon Consciousness for Electricity (4C Electricity).

    Andrews, K., Rickard, L. and Duborg, R. (writing as Water Industry Research limited1) 2000. Prevention and control of water related disease in Europe. Report (UK Water Industry Research limited) ref. no. 00/DW01/4. UK Water Industry Research Ltd., London. 98pp

    Nixon, S, France, S and Rickard, L. 2000. Adequacy to the EEA of information reported to the European Commission and other International Organisations,. European Topic Centre on Inland Waters Draft Report to the EEA.

    Andrews, K., Bennet, M., Rickard, L. and Jones, P (1999) The use of green accounting in industry. UK Government. Office of Gas and Electricity Markets.

    Milne, I., Gunby, A., Hunt, D., Rickard, L. and Ellis, J. (1999). Emission coefficients for pollutants discharged to sewer .UK Government Office of National Statistics.

    Gowers, A. Horth, H., Rickard, L. and Andrews, K.A. (1998). Monograph on Water Resources and Health. WHO Monograph series.

    * 1 Prior to 2008 UK Water Industry Research Ltd. published reports under the company name and not under the names of the contributing authors. The European Environment Agency did the same for their quinquennial reports on the state of the European Environment until 2010.